Jack Yonover has always aspired to be a filmmaker — but that time came sooner than he thought. After being diagnosed with a tree nut allergy at age 10, Jack began realizing that there was a lack of understanding and education about just how serious food allergies can be. He decided he was going to take his passion for filmmaking and set out to make a documentary movie about living with food allergies.
“Being new to food allergies, I had no idea how an allergy would dynamically change every minute of my life. I soon experienced tons of frustration everywhere I went realizing that the general public didn’t have a good understanding of food allergies. I decided that it was my responsibility to change that and educate the world about food allergies.” – Jack Yonover
To raise funds for equipment, he started a Kickstarter campaign. To his surprise, the fundraiser was a runaway success, raising $10,502 from 216 donors. The support was overwhelming, and Jack now had the funding he needed to start creating his film. He took courses in filmmaking and how to use editing software, and spent hundreds of hours filming and editing his movie. His commitment and dedication to the food allergy community is admirable, and Jack is truly a Food Allergy Action Hero!
Jack’s cleverly titled film “That Bites!” recently screened at two private events in his hometown of Wilmette, IL. FARE is honored to have funds raised at his April 16 premiere be donated to FARE – the events both sold out and raised a total of more than $7,600. In addition to raising funds, the screening helped educate and inspire everyone from teachers to teenagers.
“The experience was fantastic. Everyone loved the film and it felt so good to get recognition from others about all of my hard work. Other people also told me how they had gone through the same things my film discussed,” said Jack about the event.
Jack’s film has also been accepted into three film festivals! It will be showing at Vision Fest Film Festival in NY, the Manhattan Film Festival in NY, the New Haven International Film Festival in Conn., and the Eureka Springs Film Fest in Ark. The film is set to become available to the public in November by online or DVD purchase. For up-to-date information, people can follow thatbites_documentary on Instagram and That Bites! on Facebook and check the website, www.thatbitesthemovie.com.
Photo credit: Jack Mueller
May is Food Allergy Action Month! We are profiling and thanking our Food Allergy Action Heroes throughout the month of May to show the many ways that our community is making a difference. Go to www.foodallergyweek.org to learn more about how you can take action and become a Food Allergy Action Hero yourself!